Lucille “Sammy” Hartman, age 86, of Evergreen Dr., Greenville, passed away on April 3, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Lucille was born in Chambersburg, PA on July 13, 1930 to Samuel and Emma Dentler. Lucille was her parents’ third child and they were expecting a son to name Samuel. But alas, they had a third daughter and officially named her Lucille. However, she was called Sammy by family and friends throughout her life. She graduated from Chambersburg High School in 1948 as the Class Valedictorian. She attended Shippensburg State College. Afterwards she was hired by the Farmers and Merchants Trust Company as a secretary. She married Jay L. Hartman on December 27, 1952 in the Park Avenue Brethren Church.
Sammy and Jay lived in Belleville, Illinois, while Jay was serving in the United States Air Force. When Jay was assigned to Guam, Sammy returned to live with her mother in Chambersburg. On completion of Jay’s air force assignment, they moved to Greenville, PA. With Jay working for Chicago, Bridge, & Iron, Jay and Sammy moved to Naperville, Illinois and Upper St. Clair, PA and finally returned back to Greenville, PA in 1976. In January 1978 she was employed as the Admissions Director of White-Cliff Nursing Home, from which she retired in 1995. Sammy then was a part-time employee of the JL Hartman Co. for many years.
They had five children – John Jay, Susan, Cindy, Lisa, and Patty. Sammy was instrumental in helping her special needs son John learn to walk, trying methods that were new and controversial at the time. Her dedication was evident as she scheduled friends and neighbors to pattern John’s limbs in a walking motion three times each day to form the needed paths in his brain.
Sammy was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Greenville, where she sang in the choir for many years. She loved many hymns, but her favorite hymn to sing was “Straw Carol” on Christmas Eve.
Sammy adored all 10 of her grandchildren, Ryan, Jonathan, Andrew, Tim, Melissa, Sam, John, Hailey, Madelyn, and Grace. She loved when she was with them and delighted in their accomplishments.
Sammy loved to play bridge and was a talented piano player. She was a sweet soul who would always lend a helping hand or would make a casserole for a friend. She loved her family, her caregivers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Daffin’s chocolates, and her long-time friend Doris McMinn. Sammy’s favorite tradition was her goodbye – she would wave to you from the front door as you headed down the road. She would continue to wave until you waved back and beeped your horn.
Sammy was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, her husband Jay, and her son John Jay.
Memorial contributions can be made to Greenville Symphony Society Inc., at P.O. Box 364, Greenville, PA 16125 or Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl. New York, NY 10001.
A private family funeral service will be held Friday, April 7, 2017 in the Chapel of Shenango Valley Cemetery with Rev. Rex Wasser, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. There will be no calling hours.